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Swapnote Update Available For Download On North American 3DS Consoles

Posted by Damien McFerran

Euro Letter Box update still AWOL, though

Nintendo has updated its Swapnote application for the 3DS console. The update is available now and weighs in at a modest 81 data blocks, so it shouldn't take long to download. To install the new version of the app, you first must locate it in the 3DS eShop and then click the "To Update Screen" option.

The European version of the app — known as Letter Box — hasn't been updated at the time of writing.

Here's the skinny on all of the new features, as discovered by Utah 3DS StreetPass:

  • At first start up, the app will ask if it can send anonymous data about how you use the application to improve future products. Option to enable or opt out available.
  • You can now use a different color on each page of a message
  • Take photos and record audio while writing, no longer required to import from SD card
  • You can now filter your notes by who sent them, to quickly find a note from a certain sender.
  • Delete multiple notes at once
  • Pressing the 'B' button now has an undo/redo function
  • After writing a message, press the 'A' button to see how it will be played back
  • A bubble beside each message will indicate how many replies it has received
  • (Not sure if this was available before) Slide the Circle pad left to slow down writing/drawing animations from notes, or slide the circle pad right to speed up the animation.

Let us know if you find any other new additions!


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User Comments (37)



violetovy said:

the function of the circle pad (slow down or speed up writing/drawing animation) already existed even before the update



Jamouse said:

Didn't Europe get the update a week ago or so?

I swear I remember seeing it in the Nintendo Download.



XCWarrior said:

That is a lot of great updates. Can't wait to try them all out!

Just wish "faster loading times" was on that list.



anem0ne said:

@Jamouse No, we did not receive the update we were promised and the whole of Europe is very angry at Nintendo.



Arcamenel said:

OMG YES THANK YOU! Multi-delete of notes was needed ages ago. When I was clearing out my notes on my old ambassador 3DS to sell it on ebay, I had to delete 299 notes one-by-one. Literally took half an hour because I had to confirm each delete and then the little wait in between deleting.



LordJumpMad said:

I wish they had some type of keyboard to use on Swapnote,
Dawing is fun but, typing it out is much faster.



123akis said:

nintendo europe promised it to come in last weeks nintendo download but it didnt! and were is it :/



Undead_terror said:

@LordJumpMad Forget swapnote and the keyboard, give us picto chat advanced, infact forget about the advanced part, call it picto chat 3D. (imagine it still being swap note but mixed with picto chat.)



Dpullam said:

This new update is pretty awesome. I have used Swapnote quite a bit since it has been released.



Buzzthebatgirl said:

I was wondering why I wasn't able to download the update (fellow European here), if I'm lucky it'll be available before Rayman Legends. Why does everything slip these days?



Yuffie said:

I want this update too.
Why Europeans do not get this? -(
Mh maybe in the next life.



Dyl_73 said:

It seems like loads of things are delayed now. That, or they are released and too hard to find in the shops due to poor distribution skills.



SuperCharlie78 said:

I wish we could take screenshots from games just like the PS Vita, but for this one we should hope for a system update, actually.



clavier141 said:

It's annoying having to bring my old DS lite to a friend's house because my 3DS doesn't have pictochat. Make it a free download on the eshop please!



k8sMum said:

i got rid of swapnote a long time ago due to being overwhelmed by the number of notes some people send. don't know if it is worth trying again, tho multiple deleting is a big plus now.



AVahne said:

Very nice update! Definitely improves this app by a lot. Glad to see both Colors! 3D and Swapnote getting such extensive updates.



DreaddJester said:

Now if they'd only add in the ability to reply to replies. That's the only thing I ever found lacking in Swapnote. Hate the one post and done way it works now.



HaastMK7 said:

This is not fair on Europe, but I guess it's expected for NA to get it first, as most things go to NA first :/



BenjaMAX said:

I think I've just seen another new feature (or maybe I didn't notice it before). When you veiw a friend playing the title in your friend list it also shows how many bonus stationery they've collected.



gundam00 said:

@DreaddJester Now if they'd only add in the ability to reply to replies. That's the only thing I ever found lacking in Swapnote. Hate the one post and done way it works now.

THIS to the 10th Power!!! It's so annoying that I can't reply to a reply. In most instances, the reply to the reply I would be sending will only take up one sheet. I would like to see the sheet structured like this:

1st Note = 4 sheets > 1st Reply = 2 Sheets > 2nd Reply = 1 sheet

For me, the ability to reply to a reply would "close out" that conversation, rather than having to send a new note just for a sentence or closing statement.

Also, I would like to see SwapNote built into the OS, so I don't have to close out of Luigi's Mansion just to answer a SwapNote.



Mewtwo21 said:

yes! "delete multiple notes" this is going to be really helpful in deleting some spam swaps

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